* To ask the Minister for Health if he can indicate when the measure to extend medical card provision to persons on the long term illness scheme, as announced by Budget 2012, will be introduced.
– Seán Kyne TD
Free GP care, not medical cards, will be extended to persons in receipt of drugs and medicines under the Long Term Illness Scheme. Primary legislation is required to give effect to this commitment. There will be an announcement in due course about the start date for the new arrangements. It is hoped that the new arrangements will be in place by early Summer.